February 5, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Mike Dunleavy (17) warms up before the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Onside Kick: Mike Dunleavy to Sign With the Chicago Bulls

This past weekend, it was reported that Mike Dunleavy had verbally committed to the Chicago Bulls. He choose to commit to the Bulls over others teams such as: the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

ESPN Chicago reported on Monday that the deal would be for two-years worth $6 million. However, the deal cannot be signed until after July 10 because that is when the league’s annual moratorium on signings and trades will be lifted.

Ricky Widmer of The Onside Kick gives his thoughts and opinions on the eventual signing of Mike Dunleavy by the Chicago Bulls. He discuss whether or not this is a good move for the Bulls and where Dunleavy could potential fit in for the team next season.

Tell us what you think down below. Is this a good move for the Chicago Bulls? What will Mike Dunleavy bring to the Chicago Bulls next season?

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  • chrisgranner

    Wow, no comments yet. Here’s the thing: for the last 4 or 5 years, Mike Dunleavy has been Luol Deng’s best friend. Every time we played the Pacers & then the Bucks, and every time Dunleavy guarded Luol, was an opportunity for Lu to create his own shot — take it to the hole, post up, spot up. And we know that’s not really Lu’s game. Let’s be clear: Mike Dunleavy is a defensive liability.

    Marco’s defense was not his strongest suit. But he did improve as the season went on, and after Rip went down, he was put under the spotlight and had a great run as a starter, the best consequence of which was that Thibs started to trust him. His performance levelled off when he went back to the bench, but he remained a BIG TIME clutch shotmaker, and his fearlessness and tough play really impressed me. AND he hit the long ball! OK, not at 42% as Dunleavy did…but 38%, with no one really breaking down the opponents and forcing their defense to pack it in, REALLY freeing the shooters…and who’s the best in the league at doing that, who’s back this year? Some guy, Rose I think? Yeah, him.

    To be fair, the Bulls would’ve struggled to pay him and still keep themselves eligible for a strong Free-Agent showing in 2014. But…signing Dunleavy takes them out of that game as well.

    Don’t get me wrong — if Dunleavy signs with the Bullies, I will happily start calling him Mike, and I’ll wish him well. But I was a Marco fan, and I’ll be sorry to see him go. Also, I’m concerned that Hall-of-Fame Bulls beat writer Sam Smith has never had a good word to say about this guy. I asked Sam via email why he hadn’t commented yet on this pick, and his response: “Well, it IS the off-season, for me if not the Bulls…” Sam doesn’t speak for me, but I do respect his opinion, and it’s not much on the Dunleavy bandwagon.

    I’m pretty much with you Ricky — but I’m a bit more on the “wait & see” side.